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    Epidemiology & Biostatistics

    Department

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics prepares students who wish to investigate the causes and risk factors of diseases and injuries in populations. Epidemiologists conduct both experimental and observational studies within the community, including studying the characteristics of individuals and their physical and social environments. Their findings provide public health practitioners and policy makers with guidance to promote health and prevent and control diseases and injuries. Epidemiology students learn from and participate with faculty members, most of whom are employees of the New York State Department of Health with University at Albany appointments. These faculty are actively practicing epidemiology and addressing the public health problems and priorities of New York.

Programs

Masters

Biostatistics MS | STEM |

Biostatistics MS | STEM |

Epidemiology MS | STEM |

Epidemiology MS | STEM |

Public Health MPH | +JD Option |

Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Doctoral

Biostatistics PhD | STEM |

Biostatistics PhD | STEM |

Epidemiology PhD | STEM |

Epidemiology PhD | STEM |
Recent News
Current research areas include:
  • Disparities
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Infectious disease
  • Missing data techniques
  • Mixture models
  • Measurement errors
  • Social epidemiology
  • Stochastic processes
  • Time series
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Fall 2020 Featured Faculty:

Dr. Bryon Backenson
Dr. Bryon Backenson
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Dr. Gus Birkhead
Dr. Gus Birkhead
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Dr. Allison Appleton
Dr. Allison Appleton
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Dr. Melissa Tracy
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Fall 2020 Featured Research Projects:

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UPSIDE STUDY

The School of Public Health is conducting the UPSIDE study, which is funded by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and aims to better understand Hepatitis C (HCV) and related issues among persons who inject drugs (PWID) in Upstate New York. Because HCV is most commonly transmitted by injection drug, a behavior which has been increasing as part of the drug epidemic in the U.S. and New York, the spread of HCV has been increasing. Although PWID are the priority group to understand ongoing spread of HCV, few research studies have been conducted on this population in upstate New York.

Principal investigators Dr. Tomoko Udo and Dr. Eli Rosenberg are leading the UPSIDE study, in partnership with syringe exchange programs run by Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services in the Capital Region, the Alliance for Positive Health in Plattsburgh, and the Southern Tier AIDS Program in Norwich.

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Nikki Malachowski
Administrative Manager
Room 131

1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144
United States

Phone
Fax
518-402-0380
Office Hours

On Site: Wednesday, 8 am-4pm Bi-Weekly 

Virtual: Monday - Friday, 8 am-4 pm